AP Capstone™ is a diploma program based on two year long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that the AP Capstone student may take.
The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering these skills before college.
AP Seminar (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C162XF/C162XS 2 Semesters 2 Credit
Open to Juniors in Honors English.
AP Seminar is a foundational, year-long course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies and foundational literary texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic work and performances. Students synthesize information from multiple sources and develop their own perspectives in research-based essays and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Students will develop skills needed to analyze and evaluate information and to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.
AP Research (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C163XF/C163XS 2 Semesters 2 Credit
Offered 2022-2023. Open to seniors who have completed AP Seminar.
AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem or issue of individual interest. Students design, plan and conduct a year-long, ethical research-based investigation to address a research question. Students understand research methodology, document their processes and curate artifacts for their portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000 to 5,000 words accompanied by a performance or exhibition of the final product and a presentation with an oral defense.